SBT teams up with QPO in performances
Suzhou Ballet Theatre (SBT) staged its well-liked ballet The Nutcracker at the Grand Theatre of Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre on Dec 22 and 23, with music accompaniment by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), a renowned Qatari orchestra.
According to SBT art director Li Ying, both the performances and stage settings incorporate elements drawn from cartoons, fairytales and modern life so that they look quite different from other versions of The Nutcracker.
The QPO's performances, led by the widely sought-after European conductor Elias Grandy who serves as music director at Theater und Orchester Heidelberg and principal conductor at Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, amazed the audiences, too.
Li revealed that SBT has teamed up with the QPO in a number of performances, including QPO's first tour to Suzhou and SBT's performances of The Nutcracker and Cinderella in Qatar respectively in 2016 and this November.
In addition to the QPO, 20 little ballet dancers from Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre Training Base and 50 youngsters from Harmony Blossom Choir at SIP Youth & Children Center joined the performances.
Gusu Evening News
December 26, 2018